Zapata Ranch

Conde Nast Traveler Magazine: 1 of 3 Best Ranches in America for a Real Working Ranch Vacation

Western Horseman Magazine: 1 of 15 Best Holidays and Riding Vacation to Book Today; Described as "one of the world's most spectacular and diverse landscapes."

Conde Nast Traveler Magazine: The Best Ranch Lodging and Dining in Colorado

ABC News: Featured on the Travel Show as a Top Learning Vacation Destination

America's Heartland TV Show: Featured as an Unforgettable Experience in the World of Agriculture

Colorado Meetings & Events Magazine: Featured in the National Treasures Venue Report

Gourmet Live: 1 of 4 Ranch Vacations for Food Lovers

Real life ranching and exploring the great outdoors is at the core of the programs that are offered at the Zapata Ranch.  Ranchlands manages the Zapata and Chico Basin Ranches and have hosted guests from all over the world since 1999, developing special programs that bring visitors into the middle of ranch life by working side by side with the cowboys and cowgirls on the ranch; these activities are not staged - they occur whether guests are on the ranch or not. If groups have varied interests or do not want to spend all their time with the cowboys, they can take one of our trips into the wild to study the bison herds, or explore the sand dunes and mountain meadows. 

Our programs are especially designed for people who want to learn about and experience nature, whether it be conservation, hiking or riding to view the unique geology and spectacular vistas.  Some guests want to just relax in the historic lodge and soak in 14,000 foot Mt. Blanca towering through the tree tops, or hike up to Zapata Falls, five minutes away.  Still others come to see the 2,000 wild bison that blacken the Medano meadows when they come together as one herd.  This landscape is sometimes called the Rocky Mountain Serengeti because of the amazing diversity and abundance of wildlife.  Photography or wildlife viewing safaris are part of the daily events, or they can be customized to meet your special interest.

Geographical Area:
Guest Ranch,Working Ranch
United States
5305 Hwy 150

Credit Cards Accepted:
American Express
Master Card
Price Ranges per Night:
$301 and $400
$401 and $550
Months Open:
Exceptions to Months Open:
December ***November through February we are only open for corporate retreats and meetings***
Min. Stay (days):
Accommodation Description:
Each guest room is equipped with either two double beds or a single king, and its own private bathroom. The lodge is built on the original Zapata homestead with buildings that date back to the late 1800’s and is surrounded by extensive grounds. The buildings, which include The Lodge, Bunk House and Stewart House, are all restored chinked log and boast high comfort and rustic elegance. Daily maid service and laundry facilities are included.
From Alamosa to the ranch it is $50 each way
Conference Capacity:
|31 to 50|
Nearest Airport:
Alamosa, CO, 30 minutes or Colorado Springs, CO 2 1/2 hours
Nearest Hospital:
30 minutes
Utilizing our own grass-fed beef and bison, along with local San Luis Valley produce, our style is down home gourmet with meals served family-style in our dining room.
Travel Trade:
Tour Operator
Wholesale Travel Agents
Meeting / Incentive Planners
Activities and Services:
Bring your own horse
Cattle Drives
Computer/Email services
Conference Services
Corporate Groups/Meetings
Cowboy Cookouts
Culinary Trained Chefs
Fly Fishing
Horseback Riding
Horseback Riding Lessons
Hot Tub
Laundry Service
Loping permitted
Natural Horsemanship
Nature Trails
Overnight Horse Trips
Pack Trips
Photography Trips
Riding arena
Saddle Your Own Horse Sauna
White Water Rafting
Wildlife Viewing
Wireless Internet access
Working Ranch
Wilderness Setting
Mountain Setting
Dude Ranchers' Association (DRA - International)
Colorado Dude & Guest Ranch Association
Additional Services:
Bison Tours (herd of approximately 2,000 free ranging bison)
Top 50 Ranches, Dude Ranchers Association, Colorado Dude and Guest Ranch Association

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